The Commission For The Good Solutions
The National Theatre, Bergen 19.09.2022
The project started in Norway and today its members consists of:
Fakhra Salimi, Amineh Kakabaveh, Marielle Leraand, Kari Jegerstedt,
Elsa Kvamme, Vibeke Koehler and Shelmith Øseth.
The artist Gitte Sætre put together this event on behalf of herself,
Kunsthall 3,14 and the Antiwar-Initiative.
The project was supported by: The Municipality in Bergen, Peace Foundation and International Women League of Peace and Freedom.
Foto: Guttorm Glomsås
00.00.00 Beginning-Pinatas talks to the audiance to set the stage for what is about to happen
00.05.57 Intro by Gitte Sætre
00.09.57. Introduction of the members of the commission
00.14.30 Kari Jegerstvet; a new year's speech for the next 30 years
00.21.19 Elsa Kvamme; a new year's speech for the next 30 years
00.29.50. Fakhra Salimi; a new year's speech for the next 30 years
00.41.12 Marielle Leraand; a new year's speech for the next 30 years
00.48.05 Vibecke Koehler; a new year's speech for the next 30 years
00.58.37 Amineh Kakabaveh; a new year's speech for the next 30 years
01.09.10 Shelmith Øseth; a new year's speech for the next 30 years (a dance)
01.12.55 A collective time travel-looking back at events which made a change to the better
The two-hour-long play premiere at The National Theatre in Bergen was on the day of the funeral of queen Elizabeth II. It was a game of practicing a world without European imperialism and a World Beyond War. The Commission For The Good Solutions is a match to practice humanity and it will tour until we do find some better solutions to our problems. We can NOT only complain. We need to do something and allow ourselves to get involved. We need to surprise civilization and go for a narrative of reasonable solutions.
The universe knows that humans are best trained to turn their backs against each other and make shameless demands. The seven women are fighting human nature not on the battlefield, not on social media or on other flattened media platforms. We are among the magical walls of the theatre. Poking into our collective consciousness and system of defense, as well as into our imagination.
As an artist I invite different thinkers, as well as the audience, to join a commission of good solutions and into the Currency of Fantasy, stretching out our hand until we touch the first letter of F; the future that has not yet acquired its language.
Who is entitled to talk about security policy?
Artists, activists, and free thinkers are not known to be invited to the table where defense and foreign policies are developed. That's why I put one together.
The Commission incorporates professionals with other educations, positions, and approaches to security policy.
Like a UN General Assembly, seven women went on stage.
Thinking beyond established world-views and creating new horizons is an abstract and challenging work that requires a sober exercise in more profound reflection. The theatre room challenges its members as well as its audience. In the same way as the UN, the Commission will function as a creative normative space, which precisely enables consensus, a basis for social morality and international law.
The Commission consists of:
The most controversial Swedish politician since Olof Palme, Amineh Kakabaveh. She is originally from Kurdistan and became world famous when she threatened to overthrow the Swedish government if they accepted Turkey's demand for the extradition of Kurds in Sweden in exchange for Swedish NATO membership. Kakabaveh represents freedom from our mimetic culture.
Author and filmmaker Elsa Kvamme. Elsa Kvamme has made 10 documentaries and she started the company SALT. Her work often look at the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the trauma the victims lived with afterward. Kvamme represents the power of narrative.
Head of the Mira Centre and human rights advocate, Fakhra Salimi. The Mira centre works to improve the living conditions of minority women and girls in Norway, and Salimi represents the people who must pay the price for Europe's security policy.
Opposition politician (Red) and anti-war activist Marielle Leraand, who resigned from SV for their support of Norway's war in Libya in 2011. Leraand represents people wanting to give UN Covenant a chance to work.
Head of Department for Women's and Gender Research at UiB, Kari Jegerstedt. Jegersted is particularly interested in, among other things, postcolonialism, queer theory, and South African literature and represents a feminist pedagogy.
Author and managing director of Bærekraftig Liv Norge, Vibeke Koehler, represents what lies beyond today's capitalism.
Dancer Shelmith Øseth represents human nature and the body's potential.